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The land is located in Largo da Ajuda, in Lisbon, in front of the Ajuda National Palace. 
It is part of a set of small houses, built at the time of the palace and which forms the east side of Largo, on a domestic scale that is opposite to that of the Palace.
Behind this complex, on the slope of the Rio Seco, buildings with a dissonant scale and language have been built in recent decades, in an urbanism without rules, which fills the slope in a labyrinth of alleys and alleys.
This place is thus “stuck” between two opposing realities, the Palace of the sec. XVIII and the large mass of trees that surrounds it, on the west side, and the disordered slope of Rio Seco, on the east side. The proposed building dialogues with these two realities at two different times: in front of Largo da Ajuda, it extends the height of the small houses and the tile and eaves; on the slope towards the Rio Seco in the Pátio do Seabra, a new volume with four floors establishes a finishing façade for the square, lower than that of the neighbours, in an intermediate scale between the rurality of the backs of the houses and the brutality of the six floors adjacent. Between this volume and the front facing the Palace, a single tile roof rises towards the interior of the block, configuring a triangular volume that articulates the two fronts, allowing the façade to maintain proportions similar to the building opposite it on Rua Pátio do Seabra. .
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